Powell had the opportunity to end the tournament on the scheduled day after advancing undefeated into the title contest and needed just a victory over Cody in the double-elimination event to be named district champion. Instead, the local team and its Park County rival engaged in an epic four-hour, 35-run scoring festival that ended with Cody claiming a 20-15 victory.
It didn’t appear that Powell would have much trouble early on. The local all-star crew jumped on Cody for seven runs in the first inning. Ezra Andreaseon and Carson Asher each singled twice as Powell batted around in the first frame.
Powell stretched its lead to eight runs in the second by plating two more.
Cody plated a pair of runs in the third and roared to life in the top of the fourth. Powell fans watched as Cody climbed back into the contest with a six-run outburst.
Asher, Teagan Cordes and Tucker Darrah scored in Powell’s half of the inning to regain the lead. After watching Cody pull within a run in the fifth, Powell plated another four runs. Andreason delivered a two-run double. Asher followed with a double and was plated by Alex Aguirre to provide Powell a 15-10 cushion.
Disaster struck in the sixth inning for Powell fans. Cody loaded the bases on walks. After a strikeout, the visiting team scored six runs to grab the lead before Powell registered the second out of the inning. Cody added two more runs before Powell secured the third out and momentum clearly had shifted its allegiance.
Powell went down 1-2-3 in the sixth, allowing Cody to extend its lead to five runs in the top of the seventh. Powell went down quietly in the seventh as well to give Cody the come-from-behind victory.
Combined with an earlier game, Cody played more than seven hours of baseball in back-to-back contests on Saturday. Rather than force the team to stay on the field for another game, coaches and tournament officials opted to push the championship contest to Monday night in Powell.
The results from that game came after Tuesday’s paper went to press.
In its first tournament game, Powell posted a 17-10 victory over Worland in a meeting of Big Horn Basin teams. Asher finished 5-for-6 at the plate in that contest with three runs. Aguirre added a 4-for-6 performance that drove in a pair of runs while Cordes finished the day 3-for-5 with a team-best four RBIs.
Worland vaulted to an early 6-0 lead after two innings. Powell answered in the third, tying the contest on a bases-loaded, two-RBI single from Cordes.
From there, the teams played on fairly level terms into the seventh inning, when Powell put the nail in the coffin with six runs in the top half of the final inning. A Cordes RBI single and an Andreason double were among the big blows in the frame.
Grady Sanders had a productive seventh inning on the mound for Powell. The youngster struck out a pair and threw out a potential base runner at first to close out the game.